Virginia City

Virginia City (HM27C2)

Location: Virginia City, MT 59755 Madison County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 17.647', W 111° 56.52'

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Prospectors found placer gold along a streambed choked with alder trees in May, 1863.
Thousands came from every corner of the world to try their luck in the placer mines and, perhaps, to garner a piece of the far-famed treasure.
A brief but turbulent period of lawlessness and vigilante justice ended with the creation of Montana Territory in 1864.
Virginia City quickly rose to be territorial capital (1865-1875), but the glory faded when placer gold played out and the people moved on.

Bypassed on the railroad route, Virginia City struggled.
Gold dredging operations from the 1890's to the 1940's saved the town from abandonment.
Then, Charles and Sue Bovey began buying the dilapidated gold-rush era buildings in the 1940's.
Virginia City became one of the first preservation efforts in the West and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961.
The gold rush-era false-fronts and territorial-period landmarks reflect the optimism of Virginia City's early residents, providing a unique window to the past.
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HM NumberHM27C2
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Date Added Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 426136 N 5016055
Decimal Degrees45.29411667, -111.94200000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 17.647', W 111° 56.52'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 17' 38.82" N, 111° 56' 31.2" W
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Area Code(s)406
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 111-199 MT-287, Virginia City MT 59755, US
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